IMHO. This sort of documentation is aimed as a reference for programmers who already understand perl, not as a tutorial for beginners. The definition is clear and unambiguous, as long as you know what all the terms mean.
Keep a copy of learning perl close at hand if this type of documentation scares you.
my name's not Keith, and I'm not reasonable.
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